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Bangkok’s 15 best new cafes

2016 saw a bumper crop of new spots to embrace the slow life with a slow-drip coffee or plate of fluffy pancakes. Here are our favorites.

By Natcha Sanguankiattichai | Jan 18, 2017

  • Bangkok’s 15 best new cafes

See also: Bangkok’s best cafes, coffee shops and tea-houses


3nvy

While the dining table that sits in an all-white swimming pool conquered social media, this cafe's food's no gimmick. Started as an online dessert shop, 3nvy last year expanded to a full cafe with savory and sweet offerings. The Le Cordon Bleu London grad owner's dishes are colorful and not short on flavor, like the 7 Sins chicken soup, which comes with six oils in different colors including basil, butterfly pea and chili oil. On top of the 3nvy brownie, which you may be familiar with as an offering at 1 of A Kind, you can also rely on Begrudge, a moist and gooey, 70-percent dark chocolate cake.
1246 Rama 4 Rd., 084-459-6266
 

Brave Roasters

Run by one of the best coffee roasters in Bangkok, this cafe serves specialty coffee alongside easy eats and views over Siam. Coffee snobs will love the house-blends and rotating specials many of which are from Thailand and Laos. Those with a sweet tooth can also get high on a Gingerbread Latte or the latte soft serve, which you can have with a swirl of vanilla or turned into an affogato (ice cream with an espresso shot). The food menu highlights all-day favorites from sandwiches to pasta.
3/F, Siam Discovery, Rama 1 Rd. BTS Siam
 

Brekkie

In a modern and minimal setting, this casual diner serves healthier takes on hearty Western and Eastern dishes all day long. Quinoa, avocado, spirulina, flaxseed, acai berry and chia seed dominate the menu in dishes like tom yum fried rice with quinoa, the acai smoothie bowl topped with house-made granola or the reuben sandwich.
6/9 Sukhumvit Soi 39, 083-656-6141
 

Ekkamai Macchiato

This cozy house in a residential soi serves all its drinks at one friendly price—B100. The star of their espresso-based coffees is made using a Thai-Ethiopian-Brazilian blend from local roaster Bottomless while the more adventurous will gravitate to the filter coffee's rotating selection of single-origin beans from top notch local roasters such as Roots. Not so serious about your coffee? Down one of their chocolate drinks, green tea lattes, iced teas or fruit shakes. You can also head upstairs with your laptop and make use of their co-working space.
6/2 Ekkamai Soi 12, 083-785-9090
 

Elefin Coffee

A stone's throw from the reclining Buddha at Wat Pho, this charming Thai cafe is all about local beans, serving only 100-percent arabica sourced from Chiang Rai, which they roast themselves right here in the cafe. The coffee menu is short as they brew only from an espresso machine, but you can still enjoy a classic cup of coffee. 
394/1-2 Maharaj Rd., 02-622-1115
 

Farm to Table, Hideout

Nestled in a century-old Rama 5-era house, this cafe may require an effort to find, but the finished result is well worth the effort. Duck behind an old fresh market and you'll find a cozy, contemporary-yet-rustic space that preserves the charm of the original building while playing up to the location with vegetable baskets and metal food carts. The menu spans simple European dishes like roast chicken salad with housemade dressing as well as Asian desserts such as coconut rice dumpling paired with coconut-butterfly pea ice cream. There’s also a slow coffee bar which serves French press and pour over using beans from Chiang Mai.
15 Soi Tha Klang, 02-004-8771
 

Holey Artisan Bakery

You can grab your morning bread fix at this early-rising bakery (open from 7am) on Sukhumvit Soi 31. Launched in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Holey Artisan Bakery has branched out to a distinctive corner building in the buslting 'hood. British baker Maurice Chaplais makes his bread and pastries from scratch, highlighting the use of unbleached flour, house-made sourdough, glaze and frosting. According to the chef, most of the bread and croissants take 2-3 days to make, resulting in deeply flavorful products. Don’t miss their baguette, sourdough bread and butter croissant or sweeter picks like the rich chocolate cake and carrot cake. The bakery also serves coffee and cold-pressed juice.
245/12 Sukhumvit Soi 31, 091-720-1074
 

Jona Waffle

Le Cordon Bleu grad owner Songpon Wongpaisan's Jona Waffle specializes in overnight yeast-raised waffles. The result: a crispier crust, lighter interior, and little trace of yeasty flavor. Order a plain waffle and add a scoop of ice cream, some fresh fruit and a dollop of sauce. Or go for one of their pre-prepared treats like the Lady in Red (original waffle with fresh strawberries, blueberries, yogurt honey, berry sauce and strawberry ice cream). The drinks list features soda, iced tea and virgin sangria as well as coffee from Roots. The unfiltered apple cider sangria comes well recommended.
2/F, The Commons, Thonglor Soi 17, 02-185-2472
 

Lilou

This petite cafe is all about vegetarian and healthy bites. Owner Nuanwan Supertpanish (also a partner of Laliart coffee) sources chemical-free vegetables from Baan Ka in Ratchaburi and crafts everything in-house, including her various experimental breads, pastries and syrups. Visit on the weekend to taste main dishes like grilled tofu with housemade teriyaki sauce and salad, egg and avocado on bread and Burmese tea leaves salad with rice. She also sells the same hilltribe-grown coffee as Laliart here, as espresso or part of concoctions like lemon honey "shakerato" (shaken with lemon and honey).
The Yard, 51 Paholyothin Soi 5, 089-142-8203
 

Matcha Ten

The Tenyuu empire has opened a new cafe right next to its flagship sushi restaurant in Sathorn. The crisp, white Matcha Ten serves desserts from all the group's Japanese outlets alongside all-day breakfast items. Led by chef Sasitorn Charoensuk (previously of Let Them Eat Cake), the kitchen rolls out dishes like egg skillet (duck eggs with chorizo, salami, mushrooms and cherry tomato) and waffle with grilled bacon and eggs. The cafe actually acts as Tenyuu Grand’s dessert kitchen, whipping up most treats in-house including ice cream, which can be served with pancake souffle, and shaved mineral-water kakigori, which comes with a delicious chestnut cream. 
66 Sathorn Soi 6, 02-632-2559
 

Pacamara Coffee Roasters

The fifth cafe from the Chiang Mai-hailing coffee roasters Pacamara is set to be its flagship branch. Tucked down a little alley off Thonglor Soi 25, the two-story standalone house is divided into two zones: a cafe and a coffee academy, called Specialty Coffee Lab. You’ll find both classic espresso-based drinks as well as slow-bar coffee, made using rotating beans roasted in-house. Do try the special coffees like the Snow Cold Brew (shaved frozen milk on coffee jelly, topped with a shot of cold brew coffee). Brunch dishes include truffle eggs Benedict and burgers.
Thonglor Soi 25, 090-930-9340
 

Patisserie Potager

This Japanese import specializes in cutesy fruit- and veggie-based treats, made using all-natural, premium ingredients and with half the calories you'd usually expect. Top picks include the black sesame rocket mousse and cauliflower tiramisu. They also blend no-added-sugar smoothies in combos like zucchini-mint-coconut and avocado-ginger-kiwifruit.
111/1 Thonglor Soi 5, 095-962-0324
 

Siwilai Cafe

Attached to one of the coolest multilabel store in town, this high-end take on coffee culture doesn't just serve up qulaity brews from local roaster Pacamara. It'll also pour a decent cocktail from the ll-conquering Sugar Ray team, including the likes of Re-charge (gin, vanilla, demerara syrup, melon, cucumber and lime). Food charts breakfast fare like Thai rice porridge with braised pork belly and poached eggs with beetroot-cured salmon and Sriracha-hollondaise sauce. 
5/F, Central Embassy, 1031 Phloen Chit Rd., 02-160-5836. BTS Phloen Chit
 

SNP Headquarter

This latest opening from grandma favorite S&P sees the chain head in an all-new hipster direction. The vast multi-purpose space (restaurant, espresso bar, bakery, cake studio and workshop) is very open, very bright and very industrial-chic. Stylish breakfast dishes are served from 7-11am, like kai krata (sunny-side-up eggs on a skillet) topped with stir-fried chicken with holy basil and quinoa salad with grilled salmon. The Thai-inspired desserts are a hit, too, namely the soy milk chia pudding parfait, while a large espresso counter stands in the middle of the space serving the usual cups of coffee (from B100) alongside tea and juices. Most exciting are the nitro cold brew taps, which spurt out smooth and creamy coffees. 
G/F, Ital Thai, 2034 Petchaburi Rd., 02-723-4442
 

Wonderwall #26

In contrast to the dark original venue on Sukhumvit Soi 31, the new Wonderwall sits in a bright, cozy space (courtesy of Be Grey design) with plenty of natural light on one of Sukhumvit's most pleasant-looking streets. On top of the signature Wonderwall blend coffee from P&F roaster and familiar baked items, the cafe also adds a breakfast and brunch menu, consisting of things like eggs Benedict on waffle and French toast with fresh fruits. The slow bar features selected rotating beans from Japan, Australia and Hong Kong.

A Square, 120 Sukhumvit Soi 26

 

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